[OSList] Skye Just feel the need to say the obvious
tricia at mojocollaborative.com
Tue Dec 26 08:42:19 PST 2017
Thank you for this timely and inspiring reminder! I am sharing it around
and meditating on it :)
On Tue, December 26, 2017 6:48 am, Skye Hirst via OSList wrote:
> *New mind for New Government By and For the People*
> *What is happening and how?*
> Winning, at all costs, to what end? What mediates such excess, and
> drive? The answer is lots of people who care about something other than
> winning. When there are people with lots of money who want more of lots of
> money, when the ends justify the means, we get a fools game like we’ve
> witnessed in the US Congress. We can point to that set of events and say
> how is this happening?
> *A world breaking down*
> Constellations of events have converged to create a world that doesn’t
> work, a world that breaks down trust, hope, morale and ethics agreements
> of centuries in the making. For example; rule of law, checks and balances
> between branches of government, rules against nepotism, no conflict of
> interest in leadership roles, regulation where the masses are protected
> against the control of the few (monopolies) control of public air ways
> (FCC), and communication rights (TV, Radio, Cable and now Internet),
> Protection of Environment for all (EPA) to name but a few.
> *Totalitarianism in the making*
> When there is no one to do the protecting, when the police and military
> become those in charge with no counter balance of justice or consequence,
> when leadership is singularly driven by acts of self-aggrandizement,
> using money, legal minds who can work around the laws, and psychological
> trickery to manipulate people vulnerable to advertizing, persuasion by
> distractions, anxieties and fears, then you have what we have today, a
> totalitarianism in the making. The people who are participating
> unwittingly in this making are like fools in play land; US Congressional
> players with their hands in the pot grabbing what greed wants as the
> system falls apart.
> *Becoming a counter balance*
> Maybe a new idea is to wake up, to re-member – by being an active counter
> balance, an antidote, to provide energy for new direction, actually,
> with renewed capacity, to be a government by the people, and for the
> people. Can there exist a government such as this? Even if the American
> ideal was just that, an experiment in the making, can what was put in
> place by founding fathers be re-invented with new minds that have deeper
> understanding of how life works, how consciousness creates structures from
> spirit of intention, from highest values of inclusion, valuing life-itself
> as highest value, (inalienable rights)? To make choices that are
> life-giving, that grow, not kill, that support, not constrain, that free,
> not entrap, that create hope, trust, and working together towards what
> works for the whole good of life-itself in which we all share.
> *Growing a New Mind*
> How this can occur, many here know already, is best exemplified by Open
> Space Technology.
> Harrison Owen put a name to this living process he describes as Open
> Technology. Over twenty years ago, he began to talk of this universal
> process that goes on in nature, plays out over and over again when certain
> conditions arrise. People closest to the work to be done, people most
> impacted by what needs to change, come together, sit in a circle, listen
> to their own passions and knowing and find ways to act with new awareness.
> Through listening, being responsible for what needs to happen, plans for
> actions emerge. Often action begins immediately in times of crisis.
> emerge around projects and work to be done. Hearts and minds are changed
> with new ways of knowing the situation at hand reveal. Movement towards
> harmonization happens with no controllers, no force required.
> This is a dynamic inherent in life where people are driven by intentions
> for life, liberty, and freedom to pursue one’s happiness, to follow one’s
> “self-law” (acts of autonomy,) while doing so in collaboration with
> others doing the same, like cells in our bodies.
> I like how In Open Space Technology we can re-member and experience the
> process of growing this *new mind for government for the people, and by
> the people *every time we participate in it.
> There are a few things to point out here that seem to occur naturally,
> obvious, as they may be to many reading this.
> 1) There is *passion* around an issue that draws people together in
> physical or digital space and time.
> 2) An *urgency* to action exists.
> 3) An *invitation is extended* to all those stakeholders who have a stake
> in that passion and that urgency.
> 4) People *sit in a circle*, metaphorically or in real space-time
> reality, take time to pause, reflect on reason for coming together, what
> brought each to this moment and time.
> 5) The *circle is open* for people to begin their quest to find
> questions, answers, and debate, resolve, and emerge with insights, actions
> for dealing with the situation at hand.
> Self-knowing actions
> With minimum structure, no controls other than “self-knowing, self-law
> actions” work gets done, plans made, spirits lifted, collaborations
> generated, teams organized, leaders show up, a swell of possibility or
> confrontation with “oh shit we don’t have a clue, but we will have a
> clue” together this day, this time, this now as we truly “get” what power
> lives in this process.
> *Reminding people of their own power*
> Folks are invited to use their own discernment of where and when to
> engage, to take responsibility for getting what they need, and
> contributing, as they feel drawn to do. This is fondly called using *Law
> of two feet*. If you are not feeling engaged, neither contributing, nor
> learning, then take yourself to where you are.
> *Whoever comes* are the people meant to be in that circle because they
> are the ones whose passion caused them to act, to show up. The rest takes
> care of itself, by folks following their own self-law to make it happen.
> *We have all what is needed to act – now*
> Our *natural* human capacities have only marginally been accessed, I
> believe. We need to work with deeper understanding of this capacity that
> each living human being possesses right now. We don’t need to take a
> course, study how to do it, or have some “smart” person tell us how it
> works. All human beings are already equipped with everything needed to
> act with collective intelligence. It’s just that we need to be reminded,
> and called into circle to live the experience of it, some for the first
> time, some re-newing their knowledge.
> How many circles can we open in the next few weeks? I’ve been sensing
> that the Open Space community has been readying for this moment. Our role
> as a community, with the collective experience and courage of this
> community is to lead, encourage, free and provide the ground swell to
> remind every single human being of the inherent collective intelligence
> they were born with to act, to be this new government by and for the
> people - Now.
> In support of the up-coming *Peace and Peak Performance* weekend in NYC,
> encourage all who can to bring their passions, their sense of urgency and
> join with others ready to do this work. I resolve for 2018 a renewed
> commitment to this amazing *living* process called Open Space Technology.
> your passion and let’s meet up now.
> Skye Hirst, skyeh at autognomics.org.
> *About the author: Skye Hirst is one of the founders of the Autognomics
> Institute Inc. She brings her empirical experience from coaching,
> organzational consulting, inquiry circles, healing and working with people
> up close and personal for 39 years*
> *Skye Hirst, PhD*
> President - The Autognomics Institute
> *Conversations in Radical Self-Knowing*
> www.autognomics.org @autognomics
> *"Nature ever flows, stands never still. Motion or change is her mode of
> existence."* *- Ralph Waldo Emerson*
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